What are Chakras?

Chakras are known as colorful energy centers in your body. The word "chakra" literally translates to spinning wheels in Sanskrit.

There are 7 key energy centers in your body: root, sacral, solar, heart, throat, third-eye and crown. These spinning wheels run along your spine and are the gateway to the divine. When you balance your chakras, you feel empowered (emotionally, spiritually and physically) because we are all energy. 

You can balance all 7 chakras (root to crown) through energy healing using semi-precious gemstones and 100% pure essential oils.  It's kind like when you clean out your closet to rid yourself of clothes and shoes that don't fit. You immediately free up valuable energy and space. Below is your beginner's guide to balancing your chakras using gemstones and essential oils. 

The Root Chakra (stability, stillness, planning)
Mantra: I AM SAFE

  • Color: red
  • Element: Earth
  • Location: Tailbone
  • Sanskrit name: Muladhara
Meaning: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.”
Sound: “LAM” By chanting LAM, the vibrations will open and align this chakra.
Gemstones for this chakra:  
  • Garnet
  • ruby
  • black tourmaline
  • hematite
  • red jasper
  • bloodstone
Essential oils for this Chakra:
  • sandalwood
  • patchouli
  • cedarwood
  • black spruce
  • vetiver
Underactive signs: Anxious, accident prone, financially unstable, constantly moving homes, disorganized, anorexic, chronic constipation, issues with knees, feet, bowels, blood or bones (Howie). Overactive signs: Inertia, addictions, hoarding, obesity, greed, depression, laziness, over-eating, issues with knees, feet, bowels, blood or bones (Howie). Best healing methods: Aromatherapy, hatha yoga, reflexology, gemstones (Howie).

The Sacral Chakra (change, flow, spontaneity)
  • Color: Orange
  • Element: Water
  • Location: Center of pelvis
  • Sanskrit name: Svadisthana
Meaning: The dwelling place of one’s self  
Sound: “VAM” By chanting VAM, the vibrations will open and align this chakra.
Gemstones for this chakra:
  • Carnelian
  • moonstone
  • coral
  • fire opal
  • orange calcite
  • amber
Essential oils for this Chakra: 
  • jasmine
  • wild orange
  • fennel
  • rose
  • sage
  • ylang ylang

Overactive: Sexual rigidity, fertility issues, genital problems, hip or sacroilliac joint problems, dehydration, resistance to change (Howie). Underactive: Sexual promiscuity, codependence, lack of emotional control, bladder problems, STD’s (Howie).

The Solar Plexus Chakra (confidence, motivation, personal power, ego, identity)

  • Color: Yellow
  • Element: Fire
  • Location: Abdomen, 3 inches above your belly button
Sanskrit name: Manipura
Meaning: Lustrous gem
Sound: “RAM”. By chanting RAM, the vibrations will open and align this chakra.
Gemstones for this chakra:
  • citrine
  • topaz
  • tiger’s eye
  • fire agate
  • yellow apatite
  • golden calcite
Essential oils for this chakra:
  • lemon
  • peppermint
  • ginger
  • black pepper
  • cardamom
  • myrrh
  • pine
  • sage 

Underactive signs: Digestion issues, kidney or liver problems, diabetes, timidity, chronic fatigue, constant confusion or indecision, low self-esteem, collapsed chest posture (Howie).
Overactive signs: Bullying, rage, ulcers, cancer of any digestive organs, hurrying (Howie).


The Heart Chakra (compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, healing and love)

  • Color: Green
  • Element: Air
  • Location: Heart, lungs and diaphragm

Meaning: Unstuck
Sanskrit name: Anahata
Sound: “Yam”. By chanting YAM, the vibrations will open and align this chakra.

Gemstones for this chakra:

  • Emerald
  • rose quartz
  • jade
  • pink tourmaline
  • malachite
  • moldavite
Essential oils for this chakra: 
  • eucalyptus
  • rosemary
  • tea tree
  • thyme
  • cypress
  • ylang ylang
  • ginger 

Underactive signs: Heart or breathing issues like asthma, sleep apnea, immune disorders, underactive thymus, emphysema, colds or pneumonia, loney or antisocial (Howie). Overactive signs: Always putting other first, people pleaser, breast or lung cancer, allergies (Howie). Best healing methods: Hugs, emotional freedom technique (EFT), breath work, reiki, Ho’Oponopono (Howie).




The Throat Chakra (expression, authentic leadership, conscious communication)

  • Color: Blue
  • Element: Sound
  • Location: Center of throat
Meaning: Purity
Sanskrit name: Vishuddha
Sound: “Ham”. By chanting HAM, the vibrations will open and align this chakra.
Gemstones for this chakra:
  • Turquoise
  • lapis lazuli
  • sodalite
  • blue kyanite
  • blue calcite
  • aquamarine
Essential oils for this chakra: 
  • clove
  • tea tree
  • blue chamomile
  • hyssop
  • eucalyptus

Underactive signs: Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), TMJ (jaw disorder), sore throats, rarely speaks, quiet voice, pathological liar (Howie). Overactive signs: Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) tonsillitis, grinds teeth, talks too much, is too loud, poor listener (Howie). Best healing methods: Chanting mantras, crystal bowls, wear turquoise or lapis lazuli jewelry (Howie).


The Brow Chakra (inner knowledge, intuition, imagination, Higher Self)

  • Color: indigo
  • Element: Light
  • Location: Behind center of forehead
Meaning: Command
Sanskrit name: Ajna
Sound: “Om”. By chanting Om, the vibrations will open and align this chakra.
Gemstones for this chakra:
  • Azurite
  • labradorite
  • indigo kyanite
  • barite
  • blue iolite
  • purple charoite
Essential oils for this chakra: 
  • clary sage
  • juniper
  • melissa
  • palmarosa 

Underactive signs: Can’t recall dreams, lacks intuition and self-trust, eye problems, sinus issues, overly prone to altitude sickness (Howie). Overactive signs: Nightmares, hallucinations, bipolar, migraines, dyslexia, eye or sinus problems, insomnia, dizziness (Howie). Best healing methods: Meditation, intuitive exercises, making vision boards, lucid dreaming exercises (Howie).




The Crown Chakra (inner knowledge, intuition, imagination, Higher Self)

  • Color: Violet (to white)
  • Element: None
  • Location: Just above the center of the head
Meaning: Thousand-fold
Sound: None (silence). By experiencing silence you will open and align this chakra.
Gemstones for this chakra:
  • Amethyst
  • clear quartz
  • opal
  • violet sapphire
  • white calcite
  • diamond  
Essential oils for this chakra: 
  • lavender
  • rose
  • frankincense
  • helichrysum 
Underactive signs: Depression, apathy, extreme skepticism, Parkinson’s MS, OCD (Howie). Overactive signs: God Complex, over-intellectualism, mental illness, stroke, Alzheimer’s, insomnia, schizophrenia (Howie). Best healing methods: Prayer, meditation, fasting (Howie).
Khalsa, Gurusahay. GRD Health and Healing. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 June 2017.

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